The wild fan theory says that label bosses chose to cover up her death and continue to release her songs, using Melissa instead. The question of who Melissa Vandella is might not be first on your mind when you heard about that freakish theory about Avril Lavigne, but it will definitely come up because she's a pretty huge part of it.
Now, the theory has re-surfaced on the 15th anniversary of her debut single Complicated, after a fan named @Givincyass went over the original rumours in a new Twitter thread. Back in 2012, it was reported that Avril Lavigne died in a snowboarding accident while vacationing at Whistler Blackcomb ski resort with family and friends, when at one point she "lost control of her snowboard and struck a tree at a high rate of speed".
Here is everything you need to know about Avril Lavigne's clone Melissa Vandella. The theory was first introduced by an Avril fan in 2015, who runs a website dedicated to the singer.
A blogger said: "Launched in 2004, it is completely different to the first CD!"
She is now working on a new album.
"The "New Avril" poses for photos always sad and morbid expression, sometimes dropped to the ground as if to say something". There was even a publicity shot in which Lavigne had "Melissa" written on her hand. "We're here for you".
Others used the hashtag #NotMyAvril, with one accompanying meme saying: "This is a case for the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
She continued to share other background that Twitter users had shared, specifically regarding her change in appearance that just seems off. None of the social media accounts that can be found for this alleged person are verified - including a Twitter account, under the very subtle handle @AvrilIsDead.
Melissa then was used to impersonate the singer for the paparazzi as the "real Avril" struggled to deal with the attention.
It is said that Lavigne's downfall came following her grandfather's death. "The jig is up Melissa". Regardless, there's very little information about her on the internet.
"Conspiracy stories - particularly ones involving celebrities - are entertaining and often ridiculous enough that they get circulated because they are amusing".